ESL Resources

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ESL, sometimes called EAL/D, or even ESOL, is common in our multicultural nation. Like several other resource listings, these are usable across multiple curriculum areas.

These resources range from flashcard programs to resource directories, musical activities to information about TESL/TEFL.

Unless otherwise stated the resources are free.

Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .

Australian Sites

Associations, Curriculum

  • ESL Resources
    ATESOL, ACT. ‘A list of Australian only resources for teaching English to speakers of other languages’.
  • ESL School EAL/D Resources
    Australian Council of TESOL Associations.
  • English Learning Resources
    AMES, NSW. ‘The leading publisher of Australian language and literacy resources with approximately 100 titles on current release’. Filter using menu titles.

Education Departments, Boards, Museums, …

  • AMEP Research Centre - Resources
    Macquarie University. ‘To find the resources you need to browse according to the resource type’. Includes a review of Australian resources.
  • Bookery Education
    ‘Australia’s largest online and retail specialist for teachers and students of English as a second language [ESL, ELT, TESOL and TEFL], linguistics and foreign languages’. Fee-based.
  • Boyer Educational Resources
    ‘Resources focus on English grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing as well as listening and speaking skills’. Fee-based.
  • ESL Radio and TV
    Multiple Programs and related listening activities are able to be accessed, including through the “Categories” listing in the menu at the left.
  • ESL-SPIN [ESL Small Publishers Independent Network]
    ‘We are all English language teachers, writers and now micro-publishers, living and working in Australia, who have joined together to support each other. Explore this site to find out more about us, our resources, and our publishing journeys’.
  • ESL Teaching Resources
    TES. More than 400 annotated links to resources. Filter levels using options at the left.
  • Explore Rhymes Lyrics, Rhymes Songs, and more !
    Pinterest. Rhymes, lyrics, songs, chants, more.
  • Learning English [ABC Australia]
    Several programs are screened which will assist with English learning. These include Study English, English Bites and Everyday English.
  • Looking Learning : A Visual Dictionary
    ‘Born out of the sheer necessity to create a language learning tool which is “outside the square” in its formulation. The visual dictionary has a library of over 7 000 word pages plus over 9 600 suffix additions’. Fee-based.
  • Massive Open Online English Course [MOOEC]
    ‘An open online course focused on teaching the English language at all levels. Lessons are organised into established levels of proficiency and approved by a committee of professional English language practitioners’.
  • Star Pronunciation
    ‘Provides online English Pronunciation training to ESL students studying in Australia and overseas’. Fee-based, but there are some free resources on the site.
  • Teach Children ESL - Songs, Chants, and Action Rhymes
    Pinterest. Pins for a wide range of options. Pins for other ESL learning options as well.
  • The Book Next Door
    ‘Australian ESL materials for adults and young adults. Photocopiable Australian ESL materials that can be used by teachers and volunteers as ‘extra’ support for learners’.
  • Urban Lyrebirds
    ‘Innovative English language resources that use song and stories to inspire learners and reinvigorate the classroom’.

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International Sites

  • 50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language
    ‘Many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective’. USA.
  • Activities for ESL Students
    Information, resources, quizzes involving English and a number of languages including several Asian ones. One section includes Self-Study Grammar Quizzes about places around the world.
  • 34 experts offer their tips for English Fluency
    Short, mostly one sentence suggestions. Brief overview and information about each person involved.
  • An English Pronunciation Guide for English Language Learners
    ‘For many languages, the way that sounds are written are consistent. Once you know the system, pronouncing things correctly can be easy. That’s for most languages, but English is different. Uses one poem. This poem is broken up into 6 section. Each section has a Part A, Part B, and Part C’.
  • Basics of English Grammar
    ‘Developing a solid foundation in English grammar will not only help you create your own sentences correctly but will also make it easier to improve your communication skills in both spoken and written English’. USA.
  • BBC - Learning English
    ‘Teaching English to global audiences since 1943, offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world’. Worth visiting. UK.
  • Best Image Galleries for ESL Teachers
    An extensive collection visuals from Facebook, ranging from Take vs Get, through to Irregular Plurals and many things in between. Part of the Lingholic site.
  • Breaking News English
    ‘Free, ready-to-use EFL/ESL lesson plans on the latest breaking news - in 7 levels. New lessons uploaded every 2 days. Each lesson includes a 26-page PDF containing all skills, activities, a 2-page mini-lesson, 5-speed listening, multi-speed scrolled reading, interactive dictation, 30+ online quizzes’, more. UK.
  • Conversity - Conversations about Diversity
    ‘Conversity is a set of 48 conversation cards, designed to spark conversations about different aspects of diversity. The cards are full of photos, sealed for durability and packaged in a bright, sturdy case. It’s a learning tool that offers a way to have fascinating and sometimes challenging conversations about our differences. Whether it’s cultural awareness in a classroom, intercultural communication, time management or decision making with work colleagues, living together with international home stays, or learning about a new culture as a migrant, Conversity cards make it easier to begin the conversations’. New Zealand. Fee-based but very reasonable.
  • Daily Grammar
    ‘Consists of 440 lessons and 88 quizzes. Lessons 1-90 cover verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Lessons 91-300 cover the parts of the sentence, such as appositives, predicate nominatives, direct objects, prepositional phrases, clauses, and verbals. Lessons 301-440 cover the mechanics of grammar, which is also known as capitalisation and punctuation’. USA.
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe
    Stuff for Teachers and Stuff for Students would prove the most useful sections for resources. USA.
    ‘Educators can simply use these materials for teaching their kids. Video slides, Powerpoint, worksheets e-books, audio readers for helping kids learn English with great ease. Combine fun, total engagement and seriously guard against boredom while learning’. China [in English].
    ‘Free online English reading practice for learners. Each lesson features a number of quiz questions along with downloadable PDF of the lesson and audio’.
  • EduFind Language Resources
    ‘Free English learning resources is designed to help you study whatever aspect of conversational English is most interesting or important to you at the moment. Improving your English a little each day is the most effective way to learn English’.
  • Effortless English Blog and Video Podcast
    ‘Video and blog posts teaching everything you need to know about learning English’. USA.
  • efl4U
    Free worksheets, collections for sale. Each indicates recommended time/age/type of activity. Fee-based.
  • English Activities
    ‘Select an English topic to start. Each English topic is 10 pictures with its accompanying written text and spoken English recording’. Part of a larger English Activities for ESL learners site. UK.

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  • English as a New Language - Lesson Plans, New Ideas
    Briefly annotated links to a variety of sites. USA.
  • English as a Second Language
    ‘Starting point for ESL learners who want to study English through the Web’. Separate online resources, chat rooms, bulletin boards, information about teaching English, more. USA.
  • English, baby !
    ‘Catch the Lesson of the Day for the latest cool English lesson. Search to find thousands of other lessons on hundreds of topics, and have fun with our Vocab Quiz to study our database of over 15 000 vocabulary words’. USA.
  • English
    Free worksheets, books, podcasts, resources, more. UK.
  • English is a Piece of Cake
    ‘If you are looking for free lesson plans and English teaching resources you have come to the right place ! Find lessons for conversation classes, reading lesson plans, ESL listening exercises, lessons that use videos and multi-media, grammar lessons, tips on vocabulary revision, general teaching techniques, as well as ideas on how to write your own lesson plans’. UK.
  • English Language
    Language information, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, tools, learning English, teaching English, culture, English business and more. Spain [in English].
  • English-Language Learners [Edutopia]
    Discussion points, videos, other resources, more.
  • English Page
    ‘Learn English using our in-depth English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises’. Check the main menu for specific areas.
  • Englishpath
    ‘We provide ESL books, English conversation activity worksheets, lesson activities, ideas, games, quizzes, discussion suggestions, role plays, interactive learning and lots more for English language students and teachers’. Fee-based.
  • ESL
    Education World. Articles, free tools, resources, lesson planning, themes, reviews. Annotated links. USA.
  • ESL Games World
    ‘This site is dedicated to helping teachers by providing fun esl games for classrooms, powerpoint game templates, printable board games, interactive games for classrooms, Games for ESL Kids, Grammar Games, Vocabulary Games, Reading Games’.
  • ESLGold
    ‘Over a thousand pages of free information and resources for both teachers and students. All are organised by skill and level for quick and easy access’. Available in a range of languages. USA.
  • ESL Kids
    ‘Flashcards, worksheets, classroom games, children’s song lyrics. Free resource for teachers of ESL kids’. Japan [in English].
  • ESL Lounge
    Worksheets, board games, flashcards, more. 500+ resources to choose from. Free and Fee-based sections. UK.
  • ESL Pages
    Directories of resources and information for ESL, EFL, TESOL, TEFL, more.
  • ESLtoolbox
    ‘ESL Toolbox supplies English language worksheets for the classroom to help with kids ESL learning’. Units are fee-based but costs are fairly small. New Zealand.

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  • Free Worksheets
    Worksheets in several European languages, with English and another language side by side. Resources not linked to ESL, at the bottom. UK.
  • Fun English Games for Kids
    ‘Find a wide range of free teaching resources that are perfect for students learning English, ESL classes and teachers looking for ideas online’.
  • GrammarCheck
    A blog covering a range of topics that actually go beyond just grammar. Check not only the blog section but also the infographics and the GrammarCheck and WordCounter tools as well.
  • Grammarly
    ‘Grammarly’s powerful algorithms check for contextual spelling, punctuation and grammar errors. For each mistake the software flags, it provides explanation cards to help the writer learn grammar rules through practice and repetition’. USA.
  • Hello-World
    ‘More than 800 free English games and activities’. You need to register to access material, but this appears to be free. USA.
  • How to Become an ESL Teacher
    While not a resources for teaching, it may help understanding what is involved if you decide on this career. It may also help if you are considering taking up such a position in the US. USA.
  • How to Learn English on Your Own - The Complete Method
    A five-step plan [with an optional sixth step] which anyone can use. USA.
  • How to speak English fluently - 34 experts give their tips
    ‘I asked a number of the world’s leading language learning experts for their opinions. 34 of them were kind enough to help me. I asked them to answer the following question in 140 or fewer characters : What is the most important thing to achieve English fluency ?’. These were the results.
  • ICAL TEFL Teaching Materials
    ‘This section looks at materials for TEFL/TESOL : books, software and suchlike’. A mix of free and fee-based materials. USA.
  • Interesting Things for ESL Students
    ‘A fun study site for learners of English as a Second Language. Word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang, proverbs and much more’. Japan [in English].
  • English
    ‘An English vocabulary and grammar guide’. Done in topics.
  • Lanternfish
    Resources for ESL children. Check flashcards in particular. Previously listed under the name Boggle’s World.Korea/USA.
  • Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day …
    An American teacher’s blog where you can ‘catch [him] talking about websites that will help you teach ELL, ESL and EFL’. Some topics are peculiar to the USA, but there are a large number that are universal. Among the sections are those listed below.
  • LearnEnglish Kids
    British Council. ‘We have lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, we have articles on supporting children in learning English, videos on using English at home and information about face-to-face courses around the world’.
  • LearnEnglish Kids [British Council]
    ‘LearnEnglish Kids has lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to have fun and learn English too’. UK.
  • Learn English with English4Today
    A huge range of resources from grammar to videos, vocabulary to software. USA.
  • Learn English with Pictures and Audio
    English words and related photographs designed to help develop vocabulary. Now has audio to enhance the other contents. Israel [in English].
  • Learning English as a Second Language
    ‘Browse our grammar glossary and references, join our busy forums, read our articles, download our teacher handouts and printables, find useful links and information on English’. UK.
  • Learning English with Laughter
    Provides a full curriculum, teaching tips and a wide range of activities. Used in more than 100 countries. Canada.
  • Linguapress -Free EFL English resources for teachers & students
    ‘Resources include Graded English reading resources; Advanced and intermediate English; articles and short stories in graded and simplified English; accompanied by vocabulary notes and ideas for the classroom; Word games in English; Thematic crosswords in graded English, and other puzzles; An Online English grammar; Other pages with information for teachers and students of English as a foreign language’.
  • Mrs Hurley’s ESL
    This opens on the Teachers Resources page. Annotated links grouped in topical areas. USA.

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Musical Activities

Includes jazz chants and other musical activities.

  • Neteach-L
    Links in nearly 50 area groupings, that TESOL teachers belonging to the group thought were ‘useful, helpful, interesting or just plain fun’. Not all are ESL. UK.
  • One Stop English
    ‘With over 9 000 resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, audio, video and flashcards, onestopenglish is the world’s number one resource site for English Language teachers’. Register for Free, but to access all material it is Fee-based. UK.
  • Randall’s ESL Blog - For ESL/EFL Teachers and Students
    ‘Share ideas about learning English as a second or foreign language. Study abroad, ESL programs, accent reduction, ESL study Tips … Anything related to learning English and cultural understanding’. USA. Related sites include :
  • Real English
    ‘Utilises authentic and unique ESL videos of people speaking real English on streets across the globe’. Fee-based though there is a Free trial subscription. France [in English].
  • Teach Children ESL
    More than 1 300 pages of material. Lesson ideas, resources, worksheets, flashcards, games, songs, more. Canada.[Currently being renewed]
  • TeachingEnglish
    ‘Find free classroom materials to download, from short activities to full lesson plans, for teaching kids and adults. There are also articles on aspects of teaching, and free teacher development and teacher training materials’. BBC. Free registration recommended. UK.

Video Resources

  • English Central
    ‘Learn English while watching videos !’ Choose from difficulty levels and/or specific categories. USA.
  • engVid
    ‘Free English video lessons. 311 video lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers’.
  • JenniferESL
    ‘Develop your fluency in English through oral reading’. USA.
  • Learn English in 365 Lessons
    A year’s worth of short videos. Most appropriate for those starting to learn English. USA.
  • Real English ESL Videos
    Video lessons covering a wide range of topics from informal greetings through to more complex topics. Each has a specific language purpose. France [in English].
  • Youglish
    ‘Use YouTube to improve your English pronunciation. With more than 10M tracks, Youglish gives you fast, unbiased answers about how English is spoken by real people and in context’.
  • Yo-Yee English Flashcards for Children
    ‘Our flashcards come in 3 levels : starter, step-up and speaker. We recommend ordering full sets with 18 core subjects. They are also great for parents who are home schooling their children’. Fee-based. Thailand [in English].

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